Seals, contracts and tokens in the Balkans Early Neolithic: where in the puzzle

  • Mihael Budja Department of Archaeology, University of Ljubljana, SI
Keywords: Neolithization, Balkans, social networks, seals, contracts and tokens

Abstract

Paper discusses Early Neolithic seals, contracts and tokens in the context of Neolithization processes in southeastern Europe. Paper analyses the assemblages, contexts and the patterns of regional and interregional distributions. The results contradict traditional models as the objects appearance and distributions can no longer support the models of colonization, demic diffusion and population replacement in the context of the transition to farming in the Balkans. The paper argues they were well embeddedin the Early Neolithic Balkans koine, where the transformation of hunter- gathering into farming societies took place in an arena of selective integration of the new technologies and social practices as much as the result of intensive connections and exchange networks.

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Published
2003-01-01
How to Cite
Budja, M. (2003). Seals, contracts and tokens in the Balkans Early Neolithic: where in the puzzle. Documenta Praehistorica, 30, 115-130. https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.30.6
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